Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from bottle into a tulip
Vibrant golden pour with about an inch of white head. The head doesn't go anywhere as is proudly perches atop the body. Steady stream of carbonation shoots up from the bottom of the glass.
Massive hop profile in every sense. Piney and citrusy hops dominant initially before the honey sweetness comes through. Ultimately, the insane bitterness is masked and balanced by the honey. Sticky resin lies beneath the honey sweet malt bill. Gorgeous and inviting aroma.
Bitter, piney hops create a full on palate assault and I'm loving every second of it. Tropical fruit flavors follow and intertwine with sappy resin. The honey sneaks in at the end and provides some relief from the bitterness. This has a fantastic contrast if kick you in the mouth hoppiness and savory honey sweetness. Outstanding and complex.
Medium bodied with a nice amount of creaminess. I can definitely feel the hop oils on my tongue. Carbonation is assertive. Deceptive alcohol makes this dangerously easy to drink. Goes down smooth.
Hopslam is certainly not a misnomer. This is an exceptional DIPA that arrests and challenges your palate. I can't think of another beer that benefits this much from the addition of honey. Though the hops are explosive, the honey adds subtly and enough sweetness to bring out the best in all six hop varieties. Another beautifully crafted gem by Bell's.
01-12-2012 03:45:11 | More by dgugliuzza
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
2012 Brew Batch - Bottled 12/29/2011
Poured a light translucent golden amber that appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a thin, very white and consistently laced head that faded to a mere ring around the glass. The first smells are definitely of undiscernable citrus, hops, pine and slight malt. The first tastes are of grapefruit with a bite and hop. I sense a bit of honey on the backend, but I may be talking myself into tasting it. It's very slight. It leaves you with a nice bitter bite. The 10% abv is not overly apparent. The alcohol taste is present but not overwhelming or very prevalent. A very clean stronger IPA. It tastes quite fresh and I'm sure that has alot to do with the fact it was bottled less than two weeks prior to this review. I've been looking forward to this one and am glad I've tried it.
01-12-2012 02:03:34 | More by rmcnealy
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
Served in a Half Acre tulip.
A- Dark golden, a little cloudy. 2 finger white head with some small white blotches that remain on glass.
S- Sweet malts, bitter citrus, and yes some honey.
T- Sweet honey malts, some citrus, a good amount of bitter citrus peels.
M- Medium body, higher carbonation. You can tell this is a 10% beer but the alcohol is not overbearing by any means.
O- Very good dipa. One of the best dipa's out there. Love the sweetness the beer gets from the honey and the balance of the bitter citrus hops.
01-12-2012 01:41:11 | More by kawilliams81
4.4/5 rDev -2%
Poured into an oversized Duvel tulip.
*Bottled on 12/29/11; reviewed on 1/11/12
Excited to check out Hopslam '12! It pours a rusty orange color wih a bit of haze. The smell represents a nice bouquet of hops, with a tinge of sweetness. The taste follows suit here: definitely hoppy, with a nice, sweet finish. There is a lingering bittness after a minute or so. Hops...nice; malt backbone...check. To me, the crowning jewel to HS is the smoothness and the lack of heat: dangerous! For a 10% brew, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Also, the mouthfeel is not syrupy to me like many DIPAs.
01-12-2012 01:35:30 | More by ChiPool
3.69/5 rDev -17.8%
Im a huge fan of this beer and I find some the first day it's available in stores around SE Michigan each year. For 2014, that was Friday 1/10. This year's batch is disappointing. You know how the citrus and pine fall off as Hopslam ages? Well this batch (on day 1) tastes like a typical June Hopslam. Its still a great beer, and I will continue to enjoy it while it's out but Im not feeling like I need to hoard it as in the past. No problem, more for everyone else!
01-11-2012 19:00:40 | More by oneaday
4.8/5 rDev +6.9%
Fresh (12/29/11) 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A: Pours a nice dark gold with a luscious white head that has great retention for such a strong beer. Nice lacing, as well.
S: Smells really tropical and sweet. Fruits are grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, and orange. Really succulent. I could smell this all day long.
T: The taste is also very tropical. The grapefruit and orange are immediately upfront. A bit of pine follows that. Finish is raw floral hops, ripe fruit, and orange rind. Alcohol gives a little kiss at the end, but definitely doesn't taste like 10%. Malt base is fairly strong and sufficiently balances out the hops and alcohol.
This beer really shows the diversity of hops. Every hop taste from fruit to flowers to bitterness makes an appearance. Definitely a complex DIPA.
M: Really nice for an IPA. Smooth, oily, slick, creamy, but still a bit prickly.
Mouthfeel is perfect for coating the mouth in those great, raw hop flavors.
O: Definitely a top-tier DIPA. I'd say it lives up to the hype. The hop flavors are complex and refreshing, yet it's still well balanced by malt sweetness.
01-11-2012 03:32:22 | More by TTAmod
Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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